If you bought any lamps at all in the last 10 years, I’ll bet at least one was a torchiere floor lamp. They are great for those situations where you don’t have a table and need some bright light in a room. I have one that used to be in my living room, but has been since relegated to my craft room. It’s old and dented, but it still works and provides some great light. And it’s just a craft room, so who cares what it looks like, right?
But then the other day I decided that I deserved a nicer lamp. Just because it’s “just” a craft room, doesn’t mean the lamp can’t be pretty, right? In fact, this should be the prettiest and craftiest lamp in the whole house!
I grabbed a bottle of Mod Podge and some colorful Decopatch decoupage paper that I’ve been saving for something fun. At first I couldn’t decide between two patterns, but then I realized that they matched each other and I could use them both, so that’s just what I did.
Covering something with Mod Podge is pretty easy. I just applied a coat of it, added the paper, and then brushed another thick coat on top. I kept going like that until the entire base was covered, cutting the paper as needed as I went along. The Decopatch paper works beautifully because it’s super thin but also really strong, so it molds well to the curves of the lamp.
For the pole part of the lamp, I found it easier to cut the paper into strips and wrap them around at an angle, spiraling my way up to the top. That helped me avoid gaps and made it a lot easier to cover it.
The whole thing only took about 20 minutes to do, and then I let it sit to dry. Mod Podge is not flammable, but I would make sure not to get any near the bulb of the lamp, just to be on the safe side.
Just look at how pretty my new lamp is!